CFP for “Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on Religion at Harvard Divinity School” (Oct 25-6, 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts). Deadline July 1, 2013.
The Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School announces the second annual graduate student conference on religion. In our inaugural conference, held in October 2012, eighty students and early career scholars representing twenty-five different graduate programs from across the United States and the world gathered to present their research. Following the success of last year’s conference, this multi-day event will be comprised of thematic panels that cross religious traditions, academic disciplines, and intellectual and theological commitments. The conference aims at promoting interdisciplinary discussion of prevailing assumptions (both within and outside the academy) about the differentiation, organization, authorization, and reproduction of various modes of knowing and acting in relation to religion.
We invite paper proposals representative of a variety of theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary approaches and that explore religious practices especially in relation to identities, authorities, discourses, texts, and experiences. We welcome projects that utilize all sorts of theoretical tools, including discourse analysis, gender theory, race theory, disability theory, postcolonial theory, performance theory, and ritual theory. Papers may focus on a specific period, region, tradition, person or group, and/or on a set of practices, texts, doctrines, or beliefs. Projects that are primarily sociological, anthropological, theological, ethical, textual, historical, or philosophical are welcome, as are projects indebted to multiple disciplines.
This year’s conference will also feature two thematic modules. Several panels will be devoted to each of the following themes:
1) “Constructions of Autonomy in Early Modern and Modern Contexts”
2) “Ritual as a Category of Religious Experience”
Proposals are to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, July 1, 2013. Please go to our website for further details on the Call for Papers and submission instructions: www.hds.harvard.edu/gradreligionconference
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